Failure Isn’t Final

Failure does not have to have the final say.

You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.

– Micah 7:18 NIV

After Peter’s heartbreaking denial of Jesus three times in John 18, Jesus reinstates him with the essence of forgiveness, redemption, and restoration. In John 21:15-17, there is a profound moment between Jesus and Peter, one that resonates deeply with believers.

In this exchange, Jesus asks Peter three times, “Do you love me?” Each time, Peter responds affirmatively. But it’s not just a mere exchange of words; it’s a journey of reconciliation, a journey of Peter reaffirming his love and commitment to Jesus, and Jesus reaffirming Peter’s role in His mission.

Forgiveness brings about restoration and renewal.

This passage speaks volumes about the depth of Jesus’ forgiveness and His unwavering love for His disciples, even in the face of betrayal. It is a reminder that no matter how far you may stray or how grievously you may fail, Jesus is always ready to welcome you back with open arms.

You can reaffirm your love for Jesus. Just as Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love me?” you can take time to reflect on your love for Christ and express it through prayer, worship, and obedience. By seeking forgiveness and reaffirming your love for Jesus, you can experience the same restoration and renewal that Peter did.

Today’s One Thing

A prayer you can pray:

“Father, search my heart to see if there is any hurtful way in me. Restore me to be used by You. Amen.”

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